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Health workers reject 60% salary increase

The Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has declined the 60% cost of living adjustment tabled by the Health Services Negotiating Panel.

The Health Apex council said  in as much as they appreciate Government’s decision to adjust their salaries by 60% from the previous 10%, it still falls short from addressing the myriad of challenges bedeviling health professionals on a daily basis.

“Health Services negotiating panel Government has put on the table a  cost of living adjustment of 60% from the previous offer of 10%.”

“This latest offer will see the lowest paid civil servant earning $1023 up from $582. However, considering the current cost of living and rate of inflation in the country, this offer which is specifically for basic salary and allowances tied to the basic salary, it is still tantamount to nothing,” said the Health Apex council.

They added that health specific allowances still remain unchanged and thus they reject the 60% offer. Meanwhile, the Health Apex Council is still pursuing negotiations as a means of resolving the current impasse.

Three weeks ago, government doctors warned the Health Services Board (HSB) of a strike, should the government fail to peg their salaries at par with the prevailing inter-bank rate.

In courtesy of HEALTHTIMES

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